Although we live on Tenerife we also stay in hotels around the island on a regular basis. What’s interesting about Tenerife is that there are all types of hotels to suit wildly varying tastes: from budget to luxury and from boutique to rural.
Some hotels look like 70s apartment blocks, some look like colonial mansions. Some are like carbon copies of a thousand other hotels around the world, whereas others are wonderfully individualistic.
The last lot are the ones I particularly enjoy staying in.
Here are ten Tenerife hotels which have ‘quirks’ you won’t find in most other hotels.
Two hotels for one as both the Mencey in Santa Cruz and the Quinta Roja in Garachico have resident terrapin populations. They have their own pools so there’s no worry about having to share water space with these nippy creatures in the stylish swimming pool at the Mencey.
A sight that always puts a smile on the faces of those who stroll past the Hotel Monopol in Puerto de la Cruz is the woman in traditional costume laying out the vibrantly coloured hibiscus flowers on the steps at the hotel’s entrance each morning.
Whilst feeding time for guests at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Abama near Playa San Juan is a sophisticated affair, the same can’t be said of the carp who patrol the ponds in the hotel’s courtyard like interior. When it comes to meal time for them it’s a no holds barred feeding frenzy.
Stars in their Eyes
You can spot the cupula at the Jardines de Nivaria in Costa Adeje from all around the Fañabe area, but the outside view is nothing compared to the multi-coloured stained glass depiction of constellations when seen from inside the hotel.
The last place you might expect to find a disco cave is in the grounds of a rural hotel. The Hotel Finca Salamanca in Guimar has a fabulous one, complete with the ubiquitous mirror ball. All together now ‘Say oops upside your head, say oops upside your head.’
Art Nouveau Furniture
I’m pretty sure there’s no other hotel in the Canary Islands that can boast having Rennie Mackintosh furniture. The San Roque in Garachico can. With or without the artistic furniture, it’s one of Tenerife’s classiest hotels.
You don’t have to be in Teide National Park after dark to watch the stars from an observatory, the Bahia del Duque in Costa Adeje has it’s own. Mind you, the hotel’s grounds are so extensive it can take a bit of finding.
Land of the Guanches
Above ground, modern day visitors lounge by the pool at the Sandos San Blas in San Miguel de Abona, whilst below the reception area is a museum which shows how residents used to pass the time before tourists arrived.
Finally, the lush gardens at the Hotel Botanico in Puerto de la Cruz are an attraction in themselves, exuding an exotic Far East feel. The gardens’ exquisite emerald ponds are home to a number of water loving birds, including elegant black swans.
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